Miami County votes to adopt governor's mask mandate

Posted at 3:38 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 16:38:08-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Miami County will now require masks in indoor public spaces after leaders chose to adopt Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate.

The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 on Monday to allow Kelly’s mask order to go into effect beginning at midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Kelly issued the order last week, giving counties one week to either adopt the mandate, make changes to it or opt out entirely.

Miami County was among those that chose not to adopt Kelly’s previous order requiring masks, instead leaving the choice to individual businesses and public entities.

But as COVID-19 cases in Kansas continue to surge, threatening hospital capacity, Kelly issued another order to revisit the issue.

Kansas counties have until Wednesday to act on the order or they will be automatically enrolled in the governor’s “face covering protocol.”

The order calls for masks to be used in indoor public spaces and outdoors where 6 feet of social distancing is not possible. Masks also must be worn in health care settings and when using public transportation.